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What Does God Want? (Part III)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 24, 2020 • 52 Comments

All hail the power of Jesus’s Name! Let angels prostrate fall; Bring forth the royal diadem, And crown Him Lord of all! – Edward Perronet (1726 – 1792), from “All Hail the Power of Jesus’s Name” (1779) For most of my life I saw Jesus as one of the founders of Christianity. The religion carries... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part II)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 17, 2020 • 26 Comments

Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.  ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven… – Jesus, from The Lord’s Prayer (MT 6:9-10) All of human history can be broken into just three stages. There are many criteria we might use to carve up humanity’s time... Read More

What Does God Want? (Part I)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • October 10, 2020 • 51 Comments

“[Creeds] have been the bane and ruin of the Christian church, its own fatal invention, which, through so many ages, made of Christendom a slaughterhouse, and at this day divides it into castes of inextinguishable hatred to one another.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from his letter to Thomas Whittemore, June 5, 1822 The most important... Read More

Thomas Jefferson on Jesus

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 19, 2020 • 52 Comments

“Millions of innocent men, women, and children, since the introduction of Christianity, have been burnt, tortured, fined, imprisoned; yet we have not advanced one inch toward uniformity. What has been the effect of coercion? To make one half of the world fools and the other half hypocrites.” – Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), from Notes on the... Read More

Sermon on the Plain

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 12, 2020 • 27 Comments

Why should I feel discouraged, why should the shadows come, Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home, When Jesus is my portion? My constant friend is He: His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.  – Civilla D. Martin (1866-1948), from “His Eye is on the... Read More

Sermon on the Mount (Part IV)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • September 05, 2020 • 21 Comments

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes, They call me on and on across the universe. Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter-box. They tumble blindly as they make their way across the universe. – John Lennon (1940-1980), from “Across the Universe” (1969) It’s very unlikely that there... Read More

Sermon on the Mount (Part III)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 29, 2020 • 41 Comments

I really want to see you, Really want to be with you, Really want to see you, Lord, But it takes so long, my Lord. – George Harrison (1943-2001), from “My Sweet Lord” (1970) Modern humans have existed on earth for roughly two hundred thousand years. Those earliest moderns lived in terror of predators, disease,... Read More

Sermon on the Mount (Part II)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 22, 2020 • 30 Comments

Imagine there’s no countries. It isn’t hard to do. Nothing to kill or die for. And no religion too. Imagine all the people living life in peace… You may say that I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will be as one. – John... Read More

Sermon on the Mount (Part I)

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 15, 2020 • 36 Comments

And when the broken hearted people living in the world agree There will be an answer, let it be For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see There will be an answer, let it be – Paul McCartney, from “Let It Be” (1970) The Lord’s Sermon on the... Read More

Finding the Way

Posted by Roberta Grimes • August 01, 2020 • 22 Comments

“Everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the... Read More